Events & Activities

RESCHEDULED: Urbana Boneyard Creek Cleanup

August 5, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

This year's 12th annual Boneyard Creek Community Day set for Saturday April 29th, 2017 was cancelled due to weather and volunteer safety concerns. While we were unable to reschedule the community-wide event, Urbana has scheduled a smaller-scale cleanup for Saturday August 5th from 9am to Noon

Our plan will be to clean the Boneyard Creek from Mathews Street on campus downstream to University Avenue in front of Carters Furniture.  The creek should be low enough that boots would work for much of the creek stretch.  Or if you want to steer clear of mud and wet feet, you could also help by installing "Drains to Creek" medallions on storm drains.

We will meet at Boneyard Creek Crossing Park at Griggs & Race Streets at 9am and break out into work groups from there.

IDOT Public Information Meeting

June 8, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold an Open House Public Information Meeting in Urbana on Thursday, June 8, 2017 to discuss safety improvements to US 150 (University Ave.) from Wright St. to Cunningham Ave. in Urbana. This project is included in the current IDOT Multi-Year Program.

The Public Information Meeting will be held at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District building at 1101 East University Ave. in Urbana. Those interested are invited to attend any time from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Representatives from IDOT will be present to provide information, receive input, answer questions and take written or oral statements regarding this project. There will not be a formal presentation.

Proposed safety improvements consist of resurfacing US 150 on Wright St. from north of White St. to University Ave. and on University Ave. from Wright St. to Maple St. Other improvements will include ADA sidewalk and ramp improvements, LED street lighting, traffic signal modernization with flashing yellow arrow, recessed pavement markings, and new curb and gutter.

Urbana High School Commencement

May 27, 2017 - 11:00am

On Saturday, May 27, the Commencement Ceremony of the Urbana High School Class of 2017 will take place at the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

After an absence of three years due to construction of the former Assembly Hall, the UHS commencement will be the first area high school commencement back at the arena. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 am.

Students who have completed their coursework with Urbana Adult Education will also be receiving their diplomas during this ceremony.

As been the tradition in the past few years, three graduating Tigers will speak to their classmates during the ceremony. There will also be performances by the UHS Orchestra.

All family and friends of UHS graduating seniors are welcome to attend the Commencement. There is a $5 fee to park in the State Farm Center lot.

Vote For Champaign-Urbana for Best Midwest Food Town

May 19, 2017 - 1:28pm to May 31, 2017 - 5:00pm

Food TownChampaign-Urbana Named a Best Midwest Food Town

The monthly magazine, Midwest Living, just announced a curated list of the twelve most delicious food towns in the Midwest which includes Champaign-Urbana. As part of their Greatest Midwest Town’s contest series, readers will vote from May 1–31 on the best food town to be featured in their September/October issue.

“We are honored to be chosen as a finalist for the Greatest Midwest Food Town by Midwest Living,” exclaims Terri Reifsteck, Vice President of Marketing for Visit Champaign County. “Our food scene in Champaign County is unrivaled for a city this size in the Midwest. From fresh, farm-to-table selections to diverse, international cuisine, Champaign County has something for everyone at every price range.”

Walking Tour - Early 20th Century Houses

May 27, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:30am

Walking Tour: Urbana’s Early 20th Century Houses

Saturday, May 27 • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (This event was originally scheduled for May 20)

Meet at the Market at the Square at the City of Urbana “booth”


Join tour leader, Matt Metcalf, and walk into the West Urbana neighborhood to look at the great mix of architectural styles which illustrate the development patterns of a growing city. We will also look at various influences of styles versus full developed examples of styles to see the real eclectic mix in this neighborhood.


This event is part of the "Celebrate Preservation Month" series.

June 2 - Imbibe Urbana First Fridays

June 2, 2017 - 4:00pm

First Fridays Poster - Imbibe UrbanaDowntown Urbana: June 2, 4-11 PM

Enjoy summertime culture cruising with another spectacular Urbana First Fridays on June 2nd. Main Street between Race and Broadway will be closed again to cars and open for festival fun. Get ready for yet another night of unique tastings, games, fire and dance performers, dinner specials, art shows and more. More events and specials announced soon. In the meantime, visit Imbibe Urbana for more info!

Other sponsors include First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana, Urbana Business Association, and Urbana, Illinois – City Government.

Workshop - How to Research Your Old House

May 24, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

How to Research Your Old House

May 24 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Jean Evans Archives Room, Second Floor of the Urbana Free Library 

Bring your address, and we’ll help you get started on your research!

When was it built? Who designed it? Who lived there?

Find answers to these questions in this hands-on workshop. 

Presented by:

Alice Novak Chair, Urbana Historic Preservation Commission

Brian Adams Author, Joseph William Royer, Urbana’s Architect; Board of Directors, The Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County (PACA)


This event is part of the "Celebrate Preservation Month" series.


Lecture - Early 20th Century Houses

May 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Early 20th Century Houses - Influence and Style

May 17 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Lewis Auditorium at Urbana Free Library, Ground Floor

We’ll look at the great mix of architectural styles used from circa 1905 - 1940, showing evolving American ideals and international influences. As urban density occurred in companion with an expansion of the middle class, the influence of regional and national patterns of architectural standardization was encouraged by mass production, and the aspiration nature of the residents who lived there.

Presention by Matt Metcalf Urbana Historic Preservation Commission; Co-anchor, ciLiving on WCIA

This event is part of the "Celebrate Preservation Month" series.